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Texas criminal defense attorneys to read Declaration of Independence for Fourth of July

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All across the state on the Fourth of July, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association members will lead readings of the Declaration of Independence.

The annual recitation of the nation’s founding document is a tradition started seven years ago by Houston criminal defense lawyer Robert Fickman, a past president of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association.

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State Bar of Texas offers tips on avoiding scams involving fake lawyers, law firms

Scammers targeting the elderly have set up a fake law firm website as part of an elaborate scam designed to trick the public, according to a lawsuit filed by the Houston Bar Association.

The scam reportedly involved sending letters to elderly people informing them that they are due to receive life insurance proceeds as a way to gain bank account numbers and financial information. The law firm depicted in the website is fictitious and the lawyer photos and bios were stolen from other websites.

The State Bar of Texas is concerned about this news and wants the public to be cautious about this and other potential scams.

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Early thoughts for family law practitioners on the modernized military retirement system

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 defined a modernized retirement system, or MRS, for individuals entering military service on or after January 1, 2018. Service members with less than 12 years of service on December 31, 2017, have the option of remaining with the current military retirement system or switching to the new one. (NDAA 2016, Sec. 631) The decision window in which an eligible service member may opt in is one year, starting January 1, 2018, and ending December 31, 2018. Id.

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Free legal clinic for veterans in Katy

veterans_unsplashFree legal advice will be offered to veterans in Katy on Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteer attorneys will be available to advise any veteran or spouse of a deceased veteran in a number of areas including family law, wills and probate, consumer law, and real estate and tax law, in addition to disability and veterans benefits.

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Texas Supreme Court congratulates first TOJI cohort

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The 10 members of the first cohort of the Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator received words of support and encouragement from the Texas Supreme Court on June 13, 2017. Justice Phil Johnson spoke to the group gathered in the courtroom and reminded them of their important role in helping those who need access to justice. He praised the continued efforts of Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht and Justice Eva M. Guzman, who have championed access to justice and encouraged others to follow suit.

The Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator is an innovative approach to legal access that helps new lawyers build sustainable practices that serve low- and modest-income Texans. The first cohort started the program on April 3 at offices in Austin. After completing an intensive three-week “boot camp” training session, they began building their individual law practices.

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Stories of Recovery: High Anxiety

Editor’s note: This post is part of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s Stories of Recovery series. TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call TLAP at 1-800-343-8527 (TLAP) and find more information at tlaphelps.org.

I was the first born, over achiever, good grades. I worried so much all the time, and still do about what others think of me. Do they think I’m smart enough? Do they think my hair is too frizzy? Do they think what I just said is ridiculous? There is constant ruminating every day when I get home about what I should’ve said, and why mostly everything I did was wrong.

This overly anxious attitude seemed to help me in law school. I was so anxious about doing poorly that I studied and did all the work so I wouldn’t fail out and embarrass myself. I also started sleeping way less and had a lot of extra energy. Continue Reading

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TLAP director named chair of American Bar Association commission

Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program Director Bree Buchanan was appointed chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs.

2016-2017 American Bar Association President-elect Hilarie Bass appointed Buchanan to a one-year term beginning after the association’s Annual Meeting in August.

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